Project: Developing a practical means of disseminating the new kilogram

The SI unit of mass - the kilogram - is the last of the seven base measurement units defined in terms of a material artefact However, progress is being made towards a redefinition in terms of the Planck constant, realised via the watt balance and silicon sphere Avogadro experiments. The current definition of the kilogram is realised by the international prototype of the kilogram in air, but the new definition will be under vacuum conditions. This means that a link between the mass of the kilogram in air and its mass in vacuum must be established. This project will produce new mass standards to enable traceability between the existing mass scale and the new experiments. This will enable the implementation and dissemination of the new kilogram and ultimately lead to a redefinition of the unit of mass

Acronym SIB05 NewKILO (Reference Number: SIB05)
Duration 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2015
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2011 - Health, SI Broader Scope and New Technologies

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Conservatoire national des arts et metiers Partner France
4 Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S Partner Denmark
5 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Partner Switzerland
6 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
7 Ministrstvo za gospodarski razvoj in tehnologijo Partner Slovenia
8 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
9 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
10 Slovenský Metrologický Ústav Partner Slovakia
11 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Türkiye
12 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Observer Italy
13 National Research Council Canada Observer Canada